Archibald MacLeish quotes

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America is promises to
Poets ... are literal-minded men who will squeeze a word till it hurts.
The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life--to reduce it to order but at the same time t ...
A poem should be equal to:
Not true.

For all the history of grief
An empty doorway and a maple leaf.
A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,
As old medallions to the thumb,
A poem should not mean
But be.
As for the nights I warn you the nights are dangerous
The wind changes at night and the dreams come
It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived. Life is lived for better or worse in life, and to a man in life, his life can ...
It is the human season on this sterile air
Do words outcarry breath the sound goes on and on.
The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.
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